314: Why, Anthony Bourdain?

Suicide is on the minds of the many after some prominent ones in the past week or two. So today, we get to a question close to the hearts of the rest of us:

“How should we think about high profile suicides like those of fashion designer Kate Spade and TV personality chef Anthony Bourdain? These people seemingly had everything they could want, and yet they found themselves apparently without hope. What does this teach the rest of us, how should we think about suicide in general and how can we begin to prevent it from happening?

Bart attempts to answer the question, which is difficult by its very nature.

Takeaways: We don’t really know celebrities like we think we do; we should remember that people will often not reach out when they’re anxious or depressed and need frequent check-ins from people they love; investments in the science of happiness are worthwhile.

Bonus question: What books does Bart recommend for people coming out of faith?


Paulogia’s YouTube review of Leaving My Father’s Faith

Mr. Rogers’ simple set of rules for talking to children – The Atlantic

The Science of Well-Being at Yale – Coursera


By | 2022-08-10T03:42:11+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Podcast|

About the Author:

Bart Campolo is a secular community builder, counselor and writer who currently serves as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Cincinnati. Listen to his podcast HERE!